Skip to ContentSkip to Navigation
About usNews and EventsNews articles

Marjoleine de Vos new guest writer at University of Groningen

06 May 2013

Author, poet and journalist Marjoleine de Vos is the new guest writer at the University of Groningen. Starting in September 2013, she will give three public lectures on the topic ‘Myth and truth’, followed by a public discussion with writer Willem Jan Otten about the role of myths in his own life and in poetry. In addition, she will organize seminars on writing mythological history for a selected group of students.

The public lectures will take place on Monday evenings, 23 and 30 September and 7 and 14 October, in the Auditorium of the Academy Building (8-9.30 p.m.)

Programme

The lectures given by the new guest writer revolve around the power and importance of myths. According to De Vos, mythological truth is very different from academic truth. Myths are about perceived reality, about explanations that are not real explanations, but which can be used to explain everything. This is what makes myths so mysterious and fascinating. In her lectures, Marjoleine de Vos will draw on ancient myths and Christian myths, and examine the ways in which myths are still being used even today.

Marjoleine de Vos

Marjoleine de Vos (1957) is an editor for NRC Handelsblad newspaper . She writes about art, literature and cooking, and has a fortnightly column on the opinion page. A selection of these columns have been compiled in Nu en altijd: bespiegelingen (2000) and Het is zo vandaag als altijd (2011). In 2000, she published her first poetry compilation entitled Zeehond graag , which was nominated for the VSB Poetry Prize 2002. This was followed by Kat van sneeuw (2003) and Het waait (2008) . Her fourth compilation, Uitzicht genoeg, was published in January 2013.

Guest writers

The University of Groningen has appointed a guest writer every autumn since 1986. Guest writers give public lectures and organize a series of seminars. Previous guest writers at the University of Groningen included Dick Hillenius, Doeschka Meijsing, Willem Wilmink, Monica van Paemel, Willem Jan Otten, Gerrit Krol, Nelleke Noordervliet, Bernlef, Rutger Kopland, Joost Zwagerman, Thomas Rosenboom, Bas Heijne, Koos van Zomeren, Tonnus Oosterhoff, Marjolijn Februari, Esther Jansma, Kader Abdolah, Arthur Japin, Annejet van der Zijl and Hans Aarsman.

The University of Groningen and Studium Generale Groningen are responsible for appointing guest writers.

Note for editors

More information: Guus Termeer, Studium Generale Groningen

See also: www.rug.nl/studium
Last modified:09 May 2019 5.34 p.m.
printView this page in: Nederlands

More news

  • 23 July 2019

    Public Renaissance: Urban Cultures of Public Space between Early Modern Europe and the Present

    In June 2019, a research team led by Prof. Dr. Sabrina Corbellini started the project PURE: ‘Public Renaissance: Urban Cultures of Public Space between Early Modern Europe and the Present’ at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen.

  • 22 July 2019

    Google steunt Groningse onderwijsgame

    Het Centrum Groninger Taal & Cultuur (CGTC) heeft van Google een bijdrage van € 30.000 ontvangen voor het project Van Old noar Jong. Het doel van dit project onder leiding van RUG-hoogleraar Martijn Wieling is het (door-)ontwikkelen van een digitale...

  • 16 July 2019

    Anthonya Visser appointed new Dean of the Faculty of Arts

    The Board of the University of Groningen has appointed Prof. Anthonya (Thony) Visser as the new Dean of the Faculty of Arts as of 1 November 2019. The appointment is for a period of four years. The Faculty Board is proud to have found an academic leader...